Regina McDevitt is director of crisis and homeless services for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. On yesterdayâs show, she told us about the comprehensive social services agency that has been serving the Chattanooga and North Georgia area for more than 130 years, particularly the crisis resource center. She says the point of entry into the program typically is through the family violence hotline that is staffed with volunteers and is confidential.
McDevitt explained that domestic violence is all about power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. She said there is a lot of denial concerning the issue but quite often the victim feels as if they are walking on egg shells and senses that things are getting worse. They also often realize that if they donât get out soon something bad is going to happen.
She said whatâs most important is making the phone call for help when in a domestic violence situation. She says often times the victim feels like itâs their fault when they find themselves in an abusive situation.
She explained that domestic abuse in relationships often begins with teenagers in high school with most victims being too young and inexperienced to realize what is going on.
The Crisis Hotline number is 755-2700. For more information on the partnership for families, children and adults, go online to www.dot partnershipfca.com.